Giancarlo Stanton could be the first player in MLB history to ink a contract worth more than $300 million. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Stanton and the Miami Marlins are nearing an agreement on a 13-year, $325 million extension. Stanton isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2017 season, and this contract would take him well into his 30s.
Stanton is on pace to be one of the best right-handed power hitters in the history of the game. Since debuting partway through the 2010 season as a 20-year-old, Stanton has hit .271/.364/.540 with 154 homeruns. He led the NL in homers in 2014 with 37, despite missing time in September after being beaned in the face by a pitch. He finished second in the NL MVP voting behind Clayton Kershaw on Thursday.
The Marlins have struggled since opening their new ballpark in 2012. Before the 2013 season, Miami traded away big-name players Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle and have been in rebuilding mode ever since. Stanton hasn't been shy about his displeasure with the Marlins' decision to shed big contracts, but signing their star to an extension would perhaps signal a change in their organizational plan. At the very least, this contract will give Stanton a guaranteed windfall and essentially ensure that only big market teams looking to compete for a championship can afford him.
Stanton was the Marlins' second-round pick in 2007 out of Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, California. He reached the big leagues on June 8, 2010 and has been a star ever since. Stanton was arbitration-eligible before the 2014 season as a Super Two player and he made $6.5 million. He was likely to set all sorts of arbitration records if he didn't sign an extension with Miami.